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Mozambique Popular Destinations

Chapel Of Nossa Senhora De Baluarte

In the shadow of the São Sebastião fort on the island’s northern tip is the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, built in 1522 and considered to be the oldest European building in the southern hemisphere.

Built by Portuguese sailors en route to India, the chapel was partly restored in 1996. Architecturally it ranks as late Gothic, a style known in Portugal as Manueline and that is closely associated with the Portuguese era of discovery in the early 16th century.

Entry is through the fort. The large, rusty doors flanked by a soiled coat of arms are usually left open. Stand in front of the simple altar and listen to the sound of crashing waves.

Ilha De, Mozambique

Goa Island

This tiny island (known locally as Watólofu) is about 5km east of Mozambique Island. It has a lighthouse that was built during the 1870s, and is today run by a lighthouse keeper and his family, who have lived on Goa for more than 20 years. The lighthouse is now solar powered and according to the keeper the batteries give out about 1am. You can climb to the top for views. Below is a lovely beach.

The island’s name comes from its position on the sea route from Goa (India), which was the base for the Portuguese Mozambican government between 1509 and 1662.

Be prepared for choppy seas, and tidal limits on the length of time you can spend on the island.

Maputo, Mozambique

Museu De Arte Sacra

Containing religious ornaments, paintings and carvings, this museum is housed in the former hospital of the Holy House of Mercy, a religious guild that assisted the poor and sick in several Portuguese colonies from the early 1500s onwards. This museum is attached to São Paulo palace and entry is included in your São Paulo palace ticket and you'll get the same multilingual guide.

Ilha De, Mozambique

Sao Paulo Palace

This imposing terracotta edifice – the former governor’s residence and now a museum – dates from 1610. The interior hosts the recently refurbished Museu de Artes Decorativas, which gives a remarkable glimpse of what upper-class life must have been like during the island’s 18th-century heyday. In addition to household items from Portugal, Arabia, India and China, there are many pieces of original furniture, including an important collection of beautifully ornamented Indo-Portuguese pieces carved by Goan craftsmen.

Ilha De, Mozambique

Lake Urema

In Gorongosa National Park, Lake Urema is located in the middle of the valley, about three-quarters of the way down from the Park's northern boundary. The Muaredzi River, flowing from the Cheringoma Plateau, deposits sediments near the outlet of the lake slowing its drainage. This "plug" causes the Urema River to greatly expand in the rainy season. Water that makes its way past this alluvial fan flows down the Urema River to the Pungue and into the Indian Ocean. 

Gorongosa National Park protects a vast ecosystem defined and shaped by the rivers that flow into Lake Urema. 

Gorongosa, Mozambique

Beaches

Mozambique beaches are quite stunning below the water as they are above. There are very few destinations in Africa with laid back natural, dreamy white sand beaches with a diverse variety of marine life as it is with Mozambique. Surprising about this place is that it doesn’t necessitate you to be a skilled diver to enjoy this amazing marine life. There are a number of diving schools in the area along the coast.

Bazaruto, Mozambique

Banhine National Park

Banhine National Park is a protected area in northern Gaza Province, Mozambique. The park was established on 26 June 1973. In 2013 the limits of Park were updated to better reflect the realities on the ground, particularly the human presence in the area. 18 species of fish have been found in the park. 

The park is home to endangered wattled cranes and to many migratory birds. Results of an aerial survey in October 2004 showed that the park had healthy populations of ostrich, kudu, impala, reedbuck, duiker, steenbok, porcupine, warthog and oribi. Predators such as leopards, lions, servals, spotted hyenas and even cheetahs are also found in the national park.

Gaza, Mozambique

Zinave National Park

The Zinave National Park is a protected area in Mabote District of Inhambane Province. Having been declared a protected area in 1972. The park is an integral part of the Mozambican component of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area. It will sustain and restore the landscape dynamics of the larger ecosystem and enhance ecological connectivity through the establishment of a wildlife economy in the interstitial communal lands.

The park has very diverse tree species and at least 41 species of grasses. The Save River channel is under water when the river is in flood, but at other times larger areas of sandbanks are exposed.

Mabote, Mozambique

Ilha De

Ilha de Mocambique is the old capital of Portuguese East Africa and it has many beautiful colonial buildings which are protected by the island's World Heritage site status, there is a palpable sense of faded glory here. This stunning little island, roughly 3km long and no more than 500m wide, has been linked to the mainland via a narrow road bridge since the 1960s, but it still feels like it is a very separate place where time has stood still.

The northernmost tip of the island is crowned with the intact San Sebastio fortress, a vast structure that once housed 2,000 officers and soldiers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Jutting out into the azure waters of the Indian Ocean from the fort is the tiny chapel of Nossa Senhora do Baluarte dating from 1522. The Sao Paulo Palace, a restored red structure in the heart of Stone Town, is also well worth a visit, as is the small maritime museum downstairs.

Ilha De, Mozambique

Azura Benguerra Island

Azura Benguerra, the first eco-friendly resort in Mozambique, was hand-built by the local community and is operated in partnership with it.Imagine an unspoilt island within a Marine National Park, deserted beaches of pure white sand that extend for miles, sparkling turquoise seas criss-crossed by local dhows plying their trade, sunny days and star-studded nights. This is the enchanting island escape you always imagined.

Azura on Benguerra Island is blessed with hot and sunny weather year round. The water temperature is gloriously warm, and ranges from 24-30 degrees plus. Benguerra Island tends to receive on average a quarter of the rainfall that the mainland does, and there can be several months of the year when there is no rain at all. 

Bazaruto, Mozambique